Crazy fun with cousins and the joys of a simpler life- Oct 21, 2012

Most of us have childhood memories of vacations with cousins. Watching the kids all day today has revived mine. What is it about family that enabled children to revive connections instantly? It took five minutes for Udai and Aadyaa to be running around in glee with Golu and Raman in Kota last evening. The drive to Jalwara, our village, this morning and the rest of the day has been intensely pleasurable for the little ones.
No fancy games. Just a lot of screaming, urging Rahul to drive faster and overtake tractors and bikes on the highway, plastic guns and false bullets bought from the local store for a few rupees, and then on our fields, holding ducklings and chicks, picking fresh amrood, playing with water, running wild….
The dynamics are interesting to watch. Udai the oldest, the gang leader of the foursome. Aadyaa and Golu, the chirpy ones, who have formed a close bond already, the tomboy gals. And Raman, the one with the conscience, fruit eater, the gentle one.
As night falls and a freshly slain rooster is cooked over a coal flame, we sit on charpais on family land that goes back two generations. Skies are clear, a sliver of moon looks down at this happy sight. The kids are tired, but not done yet. A pile of sand is now their occupation and sand laddoos are perhaps what we will be fed for dessert!

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About ramblinginthecity

I am an architect and urban planner, a writer and an aspiring artist. I love expressing myself and feel strongly that cities should have spaces for everyone--rich, poor, young, old, healthy and sick, happy or depressed--we all need to work towards making our cities liveable and lovable communities.

Posted on October 21, 2012, in Personal and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Beutiful……

  2. Z is in India right now, with her grandparents and wider family (including the most important cousins) – experiencing what we had – a rather ‘unremarkable’ childhood. Just the normal masti – free flowing, uninhibited – recognising that cows and sheep are part of our ecology – owing the neighbours’ gardens as our own, playing unstructured games and singing our own constructed songs.
    Great to see Udai and Aadya being able to dip into this fantastic experience every now so often!

  3. So much fun!! And the pics are really nice.

  4. Brings back memories of summers spent at my ancestral villages. Was there with my cousins two years ago, and we all became emotional remembering old times. We even played roof cricket, trying to get back that feeling of carefree pleasures of childhood. Alas, they can’t com back

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